Treasury Secretary Mansueto Almeida said that the Brazilian public sector is on track to record a primary deficit of up to R$ 500 billion ($ 100 billion) this year because of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Only in the first days of April, Petrobras recovered part of the market lost since the beginning of the year, passing R$ 183.6 billion ($ 36.6 bn) in the last trading day of March for R$ 220.6 billion ($44 billion). A statute managed to recover R$ 37 billion ($ 7.4 bn) in market value.
Aneel (National Electric Energy Agency) authorized the transfer of R $ 2,022 billion ($ 404 million)to guarantee liquidity to companies in the electricity sector during the crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will come from a reserve fund composed of charges charged to the electricity bill.
Magazine Luiza, the largest retail group in Brazil, with a value of R$ 62 billion ($ 12,4 billion) on the stock exchange, announced a plan to overcome the crisis caused by the new coronavirus. The first measure was the approval, by the board of directors, the issue of R$ 800 million ($160 million) in debentures. The statement does not clarify whether there is already a timetable for this operation.
Cement manufacturers in Brazil canceled the projection for sales growth this year, due to the impact by the coronavirus, according to an entity that represents the sector. Cement sales by business day in March fell 10.4% compared to the same month of 2019 and decreased 15% over February.
S&P Global Ratings predicts that Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should contract by 0.7% in 2020, with a downside risk, due to the economic impacts of the new coronavirus pandemic. “Brazil’s economic growth in 2020 will be seriously affected by the impact of covid-19 locally and globally,” says the risk rating agency in a note.
The National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea) reported that the national production of automobiles in March fell by 21.1%, compared to March 2019. Already the level of licenses dropped 21.8% in the period. According to the organization, the results were a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, which caused a fall of almost 90% of the activities in the segment.
The Gross Production Value (VBP) of maize from Mato Grosso is expected to reach R$ 13.48 billion ($ 2.7 billion) in 2020. The value, if confirmed, will represent an increase of 14.52% in relation to the previous year. “This increase in the estimate is mainly due to the better price levels and expectations of an increase in the area cultivated with cereal,” Imea said in a bulletin.
Embraer presented proposals to reduce work hours and wages, in addition to the adoption of layoffs for part of the workers. The measures are to face the crisis of the new coronavirus. According to the Metalworkers Union, the proposal presented by Embraer, employees working at home will have their working hours and salary reduced by 25%. The reduction will be for three months, with proportional stability.
The Ibovespa closed higher on Monday (6) following the performance of the United States stock exchanges. The Ibovespa recorded gains of 6.52%, at 74,072 points, with a financial volume of R$ 21.6 billion ($4.2 billion) after rising more than 8% before the news of the minister’s resignation.